You know, girls may not be that different from boys after all. I don’t mean in that icky Chaz Bono kinda way. I mean in the wickedly funny and wickedly stupid department.
To wit. Simcha Fisher’s post on…um… in ground trampolines and building a chair out of grass so that she can rest her pregnant body by the fire while having a beer.
For which she was axiomatically questioned/chastized about having a beer while pregnant to which she responded with her usual aplomb “Yeah, there was a study last year that showed that light drinking is safe (I’d dig it up if I weren’t so drunk right now).”
But then, but then….
The conversation took a turn for the better/bizarre/worse when Jen Fulwiler jumped in with a delightful suggestion (Note: Not child friendly) to enhance your outdoor beer drinking experience.
Next year I am totally inviting these chicks to my 4th of July party. If they bring the trampoline, I will provide the beer.
June 30, 2011 at 6:53 pm
David Sedaris on the Stadium Pal. Laughed so hard that I might need one.
June 30, 2011 at 7:01 pm
My grandmother-in-law horrifies people by pointing out that she had a glass of wine with lunch and dinner through all of her pregnancies, and most of her children became doctors.
When I was on my research kick after people tried to scold me for eating baked goods that had rum as a pre-baking ingredient, I found out that it's only been shown for former alcoholics or those who drink heavily. (Amusement– the "light drinking" here is higher than the Navy's anti-alcoholism program's "heavy drinking.")
Kids can also be diagnosed as having fetal alcohol "spectrum" disorder even when the mother didn't drink… the investigators just assume she's lying, and made a category for kids with developmental disorders but no other indication of fetal alcohol syndrome. *headdesk*
I still never did more than sip someone else's drink, or have a heavily watered glass of wine, but it really did drive home the way that the religious impulse refuses to be silenced.
June 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm
I've toasted in the New Year's with a small glass of champagne through every pregnancy. My 5 kids are thriving…I don't know, but maybe…There might be a slim chance…the FDA…WELL….Just might be…WRONG on this one too…???
June 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm
As I said in the comments at Simcha's blog, our British neighbors said that back home they don't have an issue with the occasional drink. It's just here where they absolutely forbid it, and they suggest that they do so only because if doctors give a green light to an occasional drink some will disregard the "occasional" part of that.
My wife had a beer every now and then during her recent pregnancy. Baby is doing fine now. Qulle surprise.
June 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Oh! I forgot- English doctors, as of a few years ago, were quietly suggesting that women who had iron issues while pregnant add a mug of guinness to their evening plans, after dinner.
Paul- never forget that this is the same place where I can't get over the counter pain meds for my daughter because some moron woman gave her child several times the maximum daily dose and put the poor kid in the hospital. Like someone that dumb will be stopped by a label that doesn't have dosing information for folks under two?!?
June 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm
Pat! I clicked on your "Stadium Buddy" link with a child looking over my shoulder (thankfully she did not recognise the "apparatus" before I back-clicked doubletime).
You should warn your family-friendly readers of pictorial nasties like that one.
As a mother of eleven, I fearlessly await your response.
June 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Yeah, probably should have. My bad. Sorry.
June 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Drinking beer during pregnancy encourages lactation. It's the hopps or the malt or something. Sure you could drink a malted milkshake too, or maybe switch them off from night to night. The only time I craved a guiness was when I was pregnant.
June 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm
I must quibble with the notion that the image isn't child friendly — my kids would LOVE one of those. I just had to put the kibosh on my sons' (ages 7 and 9) new career as sumo wrestlers. They wanted to spend the entire summer wearing only underwear and eating donuts and chocolate milk.
July 1, 2011 at 1:05 am
What's wrong with sumo wrestlers? Encourage their God given vocations!!!
July 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm
My neighbors have just the trampoline set up she proposed, worked just great for 15 years till the 5 kids grew up, did it because the legs rusted off and it was cheaper than new a new one and kept the oldest 3 boys busy for days digging the hole. no injures either, but to the passerby to see a high school age boy run across the yard and suddenly jump 8 feet up in the air is priceless